The trails that have made the Gunnison-Crested Butte Valley world-renowned for mountain bikers also are a haven for runners. Nearly 20 running events are on tap from mid-April, when snows gradually begins receding to reveal a carpet of wildflowers in summer months, through September, when the aspen are displaying a stunning fall show.
This may be why many runners who train at the high altitudes of the Gunnison-Crested Butte Valley have a strong presence at races in Colorado and around the world at all levels, from prep, college, endurance competitions, Olympics and more. Even though Gunnison-Crested Butte athletes tend to take their sports seriously, there also is a sense of camaraderie in welcoming all levels of participants for running events and a desire to keep it casual and fun.
2013 RUNNING EVENTS
Gunnison Sage-Grouse Festival (5k, 10k & Kids’ Races) – Gunnison, April 13
Crested Butte Mountain Runners Fun Runs – Gunnison-Crested Butte Valley, May through September
Sage Burner Trail Race – Gunnison, May 27
Gothic to Crested Butte Run, Walk or Crawl 1/3 Marathon – Gothic to Crested Butte, July 4
Epic Rocky Mountain Relay – Cañon City to Mt. Crested Butte, July 19 – 20
Living Journeys Summit Hike & Half Marathon – Mt. Crested Butte, July 27
Image courtesy Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association